Faculty and Staff

  • Tracy McBane
    Program Assistant for Mathematics and Statistics, and Computing Sciences
    Duke 209
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6257
    tmcbane@elon.edu
  • Ayesha Delpish
    Associate Dean of School of Education and Associate Professor of Statistics and Education
    Mooney 102B
    2105 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6204
    adelpish@elon.edu

    Dr. Ayesha Delpish joined the Elon University in the Fall of 2005.  Dr. Delpish specializes in educational measurement & testing, and multivariate statistics, including Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Reliability Theory, Item-Response Theory, and related quantitative methods. She is also very interested in understanding how students learn statistical concepts.

    Dr. Delpish regularly presents at state and national conferences for statistical and educational associations. A native of the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Dr. Delpish currently serves as the Associate Dean of the School of Education.

  • Skip Allis
    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 307B
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6250
    allisj@elon.edu

    Dr. Allis has been a member of the Mathematics (now Mathematics and Statistics) department at Elon since 1995 when he completed his PhD in Mathematics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  More recently he has been pursuing a PhD in Higher Education from UNCG.  His research interests are in developmental education at public community college, especially related to who teaches the courses.

    Skip's wife, Celeste, is the Dean of Mathematics and Science at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, NC.  They have no children, but together they have 12 cats and are currently fostering kittens for the Guilford County Animal Shelter.  Skip enjoys watching sports, currently especially football and European soccer.

  • Crista Arangala
    Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Duke 209F
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6249
    ccoles@elon.edu
    Specialty: Teacher Scholar

    Dr. Crista Arangala is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Elon University.

    She received degrees from Allegheny College, PA, and the University of Cincinnati. She is a numerical analyst with interests in partial differential equations and inverse problems but currently focuses much of her energy on undergraduate research. Upon coming to Elon in 2000, she mentored over 25 students in undergraduate research projects, many of which are related to applied linear algebra. Dr. Arangala is very interested in inquiry learning both in and outside of the classroom.  She is the co-director (and co-founder) of the Elon Traveling Science Center, where Elon undergraduate students develop science and math exhibits for both local and international exhibitions.

     

     

     

  • Chad Awtrey
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics and A. L. Hook Professor in Science and Mathematics
    Duke 204C
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6299
    cawtrey@elon.edu
    Specialty: Number theory, undergraduate research

    Dr. Awtrey joined Elon University in 2010 after completing his graduate work at Arizona State University. His main research interests lie in algebraic number theory, p-adic fields, and computational Galois theory.

    A passionate proponent of undergraduate research, Dr. Awtrey regularly engages undergraduates in problems related to his research program, and he fosters a commitment in his students to disseminate their work through publications and national/regional presentations. From 2013-2015, his work in mentoring undergraduate research was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#DMS-1148695) through the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. In recognition of his success in mentoring undergraduate research, Dr. Awtrey received the 2014 Early Career Mentoring Award from the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science within the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). In 2015, Elon University awarded Dr. Awtrey the A.L. Hook Endowed Professorship.

    A dedicated teacher-scholar, Dr. Awtrey received the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award while at Arizona State in 2008, and he was chosen as a 2010 national Project NExT fellow. From 2012-2014, Dr. Awtrey's SoTL research on Writing to Learn and Writing in the Disciplines was supported by a generous grant through Elon University's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. In 2016, Dr. Awtrey received the Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning Faculty Member from the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

    From 2014-2017, Dr. Awtrey will serve as councilor for both CUR and Pi Mu Epsilon (PME), the national mathematics honor society. In addition, he currently serves as Co-Organizer for the UNC Greensboro Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference and as the Business Manager of the PME Journal.

    Dr. Awtrey's Homepage.

  • Jim Beuerle
    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 209B
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6284
    jbeuerle@elon.edu

    I have been a member of the Math and Statistics department since 2000. I did my graduate work in group theory, where I focused on Nonabelian Tensor Squares of metacyclic p-Groups.

    In the Fall of 2015 I will be teaching 2 sections of Calculus I and a section of Discrete Structures.

    While not at school, I like spending time with my daughters Lauren and Rachel. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, woodworking, COOKING, playing golf; both the disc variety and ball variety, and reading science fiction novels. I am a member of the AMS, MAA, NCCTM, NCSM and USGA(golf).

  • Jeff Clark
    Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 307C
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6248
    clarkj@elon.edu

    I've been teaching mathematics at Elon since 1988, with a year off (1991-1992) for good behavior.

    Member:  American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America

  • Kirstie Doehler
    Associate Professor of Statistics
    Duke 201A
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6473
    kdoehler@elon.edu

    Kirsten Doehler received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University in 2006 under the direction of Dr. Marie Davidian, the 2013 President of the American Statistical Association. Kirsten's academic interests include seminonparametric density estimation, nonparametric statistics, survival analysis, statistics education, and statistical consulting. Kirsten is an avid runner and is registered for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

    Please visit Kirsten Doehler's web site to view more information and a full CV.

  • Todd Lee
    Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 307A
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6256
    tlee@elon.edu

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  • Excel Li
    Lecturer in Statistics
    Duke 209A
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6218
    qli@elon.edu

    Dr. Li joined Elon University in Fall 2012 after completing his Ph.D. degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His research focuses on developing hierarchical models, multiple comparisons in mixed models, Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation methodology, and unbalanced mixed models in missing data field.  He is interested in collaborating statistics with different subjects both in research and teaching. He spent the past 6 years to develop and apply his own teaching philosophy which to help students understanding statistics in a better way. Beside his professional interests, Dr. Li enjoys golfing, tennis, travelling, hanging out with Elon Faculty and friends, and spending time with his wife, Xiangyi, and his new born son, Aaron.

  • Jan Mays
    Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
    Duke 201C
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6297
    jmays@elon.edu

    Prof. Mays received her B.S. and M.Ed degrees from UNC-Greensboro.  She began teaching at Elon in 2003.  Her main academic interests are in math education, calculus, and general studies. She is the coordinator for the secondary mathematics teacher licensure program.  She has mentored students in mathematics and math education research.  She is a member of NCTM, AMTE, and NCCTM and has presented at both NCTM and NCCTM conferences. 

     

  • Kristen Mazur
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 307E
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5233
    kmazur@elon.edu

    Kristen Mazur joined the Elon mathematics and statistics department in the fall of 2014 after spending a year as a visiting assistant professor at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Dr. Mazur received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Virginia in May 2013. 

    Dr. Mazur's current research focuses on applying geometric methods to the science of voting in an agreeable society. Her graduate work was in algebraic topology and specifically studied the structure of Mackey and Tambara functors.

    In additon to teaching and doing math, Dr. Mazur enjoys ultimate frisbee, hiking, and most other outdoor activities. 

  • Andi Metts
    Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics
    Duke 209C
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6654
    mettsa@elon.edu

    I hold a BS in Biostatistics from the School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.  I earned my doctorate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the Medical University at South Carolina.

     

    I have taught at Elon as an adjunct faculty member for 15 years, and am now full time.

  • Lisa Rosenberg
    Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
    Duke 201B
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6244
    lrosenberg3@elon.edu

    Lisa Rosenberg, a Senior Lecturer, joined the Mathematics & Statistics Department at Elon in 2000. Originally from Long Island, she completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Binghamton University, NY.  She holds graduate degrees in both Mathematics and Mathematics Education.  

    Lisa's teaching career focuses primarily on courses within the Elon Core Curriculum- specifically teaching serveral courses of General Statistics each year.  She also teaches math content courses to the  pre-service elementary/middle grades /and special education students at Elon.   Lisa also has experience teaching General Statistics online over the summer term.

    In 2004, Lisa co-published a paper entitled "Math and Education Faculty Working Together to Improve Content Knowledge for Pre-service Elementary Teachers", in the Proceedings from the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education.  

    Throughout her tenure at Elon, Lisa has presented at national conferences, edited many mathematics & statistics manuscripts, and chaired numerous committees.  Most recently, she presented at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference (IWAC) in MN in June 2014.  

    In 2014, Lisa was awarded a $5000 Writing Excellence Grant to purchase a classroom set of tablets.  Her scholarship is currently focusing on the effectiveness of using tablets for peer review within the General Statistics classroom.  She co-presented her work at the Teaching & Learning Conference in August 2014. The talk was entilted "Pixel Power: Three Ways to Engage Students with Mobile Devices."  

     

  • Alan Russell
    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 204B
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6243
    russella@elon.edu
    Alan Russell is associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and associate professor of Mathematics. His research and publications focus on teaching and learning strategies using multiple software applications as well as origami manipulatives in the mathematics and statistics classrooms.  He has also published on the involvement of undergraduates seeking teaching licensure as co-investigators of teaching and learning projects.   Alan has a long history of leading professional development with both K-12 teachers and higher ed faculty on the use of multiple strategies and materials to enhance interactive classrooms.
  • Laura Taylor
    Associate Professor of Statistics
    Duke 307F
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6493
    ltaylor18@elon.edu
    Specialty: Statistics

    Dr. Laura Taylor has been at Elon University since Fall 2008.  She is an Associate Professor of Statistics. Dr. Taylor primarily teachers courses in the Statistics major.  Her research interests include statistics education and recurrent competing risks. Dr. Taylor is the faculty advisor to Statistics Club and the statistics honor society, Mu Sigma Rho.

  • Aaron Trocki
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 209E
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5757
    atrocki@elon.edu
    Aaron Trocki joined the Elon faculty in 2014 providing instruction in Calculus and prospective teacher content courses. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics in Illinois before moving to North Carolina. Since his move in 2003, he has taught in a number of public schools, community colleges, and universities and has completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University. His academic interests include calculus teaching, technology, teacher education, classroom discourse, philosophy of science, and history of mathematics. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois and enjoys spending time traveling, reading, watching foreign films, running, hiking and playing disc golf.
  • Ryne Vankrevelen
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Powell Building 319
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5769
    rvankrevelen@elon.edu
    Ryne VanKrevelen joined the Elon Department of Mathematics and Statistics in Fall of 2015 as an adjunct assistant professor. He earned his B.S. while studying statistics and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in statistics at the University of Iowa. He graduated in May 2015 with a thesis titled "Improved Interval Estimation of Comparative Treatment Effects." In his spare time he loves to watch baseball, go hiking, and spend time with his girlfriend and their newly adopted dog.
  • Helen Walton
    Instructor in Mathematics
    Duke 209D
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6242
    walton@elon.edu

    Helen Walton joined the math department in 1984. She teaches developmental and freshman level courses. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she was actively involved in preparing the successful application to shelter a chapter on the Elon campus. The new chapter was installed in April, 2010, and she currently serves as Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian.

    She has three children. Her oldest son, Drew, is an engineer for Hewlett Packard in California. Her daughter, Charlotte, is the Chief Financial Officer for Merge Records in Durham. Her younger son, Jeff, is a planner for the City of Wilmington. All are married, and Drew has three children.

    Professor Walton has been actively involved with several community organizations. Her passion is historic preservation, and she served as chairman of the Burlington Historic Preservation Commission for many years. She is a founding member of the board of directors of the Textile Heritage Museum, located north of Burlington. Additionally, she serves as the Secretary of the Administrative Council of Front Street United Methodist Church.

  • Karen Yokley
    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 307G
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5866
    kyokley@elon.edu
    Specialty: Mathematical Modeling/Biomathematics

    Karen Yokley received her Ph.D. in applied mathematics with a concentration in computational mathematics from North Carolina State University in 2005.  Immediately following the completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Yokley worked as a post-doctoral fellow in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency until she joined the Elon University faculty in 2008.  Her primary research focus is modeling biological systems with ordinary differential equations, but she also is very interested in connections between art and mathematics.  She has published her research in multiple journals, including Bulletin of Mathematical Biology and Risk Analysis.  Dr. Yokley’s husband, Dr. Nicholas Luke, is also an applied mathematician, and they have one son (who may or may not follow in his parents’ mathematical footsteps).

  • Heather Barker
    Adjunct Instructor in Mathematics
    Powell Building 319
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5769
    hbarker2@elon.edu

    Heather Barker joined Elon in the Fall of 2015.  She is currently an adjunct instructor for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  Heather is originally from Caswell County N.C. where she still resides on her family's farm. 

    Heather earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Meredith College in Raleigh N.C.  She earned her M.A. in Pure Mathematics from U.N.C. Greensboro.  Her master's thesis is titled Model of Kleptoparasitism in the Onthophagus Taurus:  When to Enter and Leave a Dung Pat. 

    In 2013, Heather was one of ten finalists for the Excellence of Teaching Award for the N.C. Community College System.  She also currently serves as the treasurer of the N.C. Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges. 

    At Elon she primarily teaches first year college students in MATH110, General Statistics.

  • Richard Blue
    Adjunct Instructor in Mathematics
    Duke 204D
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5328
    rblue2@elon.edu

    Professor Blue joined Elon University as an Adjunct Mathematics and Statistics faculty member in the Fall of 2011.  Prior to joining Elon he taught at Davidson County Community College as a full time member of the Mathematics and Computer Science faculty for nine years, and at Greensboro College as an Adjunct Mathematics faculty member for two years.  Prior to his teaching career he had a career of 31 years at Western Electric/AT&T as a Software Engineer. 

    Education: 

    Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.

    Master of Applied Mathematics with a minor in Statistics from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Andrew Dellinger
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 204D
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5328
    adellinger@elon.edu

    Dr. Andrew Dellinger joined the faculty of Elon University in Fall 2013. He is currently teaching MTH110. As recently as December, 2013, he performed statistical analysis for phase I clinical cancer trials at Duke University, and developed new statistical methods for pathway analysis and survival analysis in cancer and NAFLD. He was at Duke University from 2006-2013 performing bioinformatic and statistical analyses on cancer and human genetic studies. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from NCSU in 2006, with his B.S. in Computer Science from NCSU in 2000, and with his B.S. in Pharmacy from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1997. He is a native of Hickory, North Carolina.

  • Garrett Johnson
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 209D
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5768
    gjohnson15@elon.edu
    Dr. Johnson joined the Elon Department of Mathematics and Statistics in Fall of 2015 as an adjunct assistant professor. His main academic interests include quantum algebras and representation theory. His recent publications can be found in various peer-reviewed journals including "Journal of Algebra", "Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra", and "Letters in Mathematical Physics".  Before coming to Elon University, Dr. Johnson taught various mathematics and statistics courses at North Carolina State University, the Catholic University of America (in Washington D.C), and Wake Technical Community College.
  • Vinaya Kelkar
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 204B
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6654
    vkelkar@elon.edu
  • Yudan Wang
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Duke 204D
    2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5328
    ywang5@elon.edu
    I obtained my PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, with a Doctoral Minor in Educational Research Methods, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I am interested in parent-adolescent relationships in cultural contexts. Because the issues in which I am interested do not allow experimental manipulation, I rely heavily on research methods that allow me to study developmental stability and change holistically. Furthermore, the methods must accommodate identification and separation of variability at the individual, familial, social group, and contextual levels. In my previous research, I have used a variety of quantitative modeling methods including latent class analysis, hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, and item response theory. As such, I am passionate about training students to apply statistical methods in research and everyday life.